NOOK: Read eBooks & Magazines
Wow, has this app improved or what? All the new color options (I like Butter and Sepia) make the typical backlight eyestrain complaint a non-issue. It’s quick to sync and load. My only complaint is that it looks kind of crummy in landscape mode – I wish it could do the single-page look that way as opposed to making it look like two pages. You lose content space and have to turn the page more that way. And I’m way too lazy for that.
Aside from not having a color scheme called Butter, the Kindle app is still pretty much right on level with the Nook app. BUT – and this matters to me – it has single-page landscape mode. Of course, you still can’t sideload things to read in this lovely app (boo, Amazon), but it’s overall a fine app for reading on a tablet.
Aldiko Book Reader
This is where you sideload! It’s still pretty bare-bones (only 2 color options, day and night), but Aldiko was never about bells and whistles and DRM files. Still, the addition of margin-size control is a nice new touch and makes your book-sized tablet feel more like a book. But with only day and night color choices, I did feel a bit more eyestrain than reading on the comparatively softer colors of the Kindle and Nook apps.
Google Play Books
So far behind it makes me sad. I do love my free books, but with no landscape mode, only 2 color choices, and a frankly boring design, Google Books is probably best left on your phone and off your tablet. You can make better use of your new big screen as an eReader with the apps above.